I put in an application on a sweet vintage apartment north of Lincoln Park but south of Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois.
This house hunting trip was a little bit stressful. With the pending sale of our house here in the QC, there was not a "we'll find some place next week." Nope, we were under the gun. After some disappointing places and the realization that it is too expensive to have a car AND live downtown, we headed a little further out in the burbs, but we could not find somewhere we liked. I was actually considering paying $250 a month to park my car and suck it up. We decided to head back to the hotel to regroup (internet access) and look up some new places using good ole google. We went out to Evanston and saw two apartments, though we didn't like the apartments that were shown, we fell in love with Evanston. Everyone closed at 5pm, we left a few messages hoping that someone would call us back on Sunday, we had a 10:00 am appointment with the one person who did answer their phone.
Evanston is like a Dilworth style suburb right to the north of Chicago, the apartment we liked is two blocks from the "L" and is also about 30-45 minutes (traffic varries greatly in this 20 mile jaunt) from my new store.
So as long as everything goes well with the application, I have found me a home.
Notes From The Trip
+++Snow is very cool, especially when it doesn't melt when the sun is out
+++Even though everyone told us we wouldn't make it Friday night because of the blizard, our plane arrived early.
+++Every company outing should be direct billed, talk about no hassle.
+++Nine degrees is very cold, 22 as the high is also very cold
+++Windy city is an accurate descriptor.
+++Pontiacs have big gas tanks
+++Chicago's suburbs are like going from Mooresville to the south side of Rock Hill, then heading to Gastonia, without an interstate.
+++Roads in Chi-Town have only one name, and that is the name that road keeps until it ends. (i.e. Tyvola, Fairview, Rama, Idlewild, Seacrest Shortcut... ALL ONE ROAD)